The NDP's Apartheid Ruminations
If there were a referendum in Canada, asking whether all citizens should be treated equally or whether one group should have extraordinary powers and hold a veto over everyone else's wishes, how might that vote turn out?
One thus has to wonder why Thomas Mulcair and the NDP are toying around with the idea of a future Canada divided along ethnic lines?
John Ivison examines the strange happenings in the NDP "braintrust" in Ottawa. He also discusses the issue with Charles Adler. David Akin and Brian Lilley also discuss it here.
The debate within the NDP has long been about whether it should seek to govern or remain the moral conscience of the nation.
Tom Mulcair seemed to have resolved the internal struggle with his attempt to transform the New Democrats into a credible alternative to the Conservatives. But that assumption may be premature — on the native file at least, the NDP leader has decided to play the role of Robin Hood, rather than Prime Minister-in-waiting.
How else to explain his backing for Romeo Saganash’s private member’s bill that calls for full implementation of the 2007 UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights?
Phil Fontaine, the then National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said the Conservative government’s refusal to sign it then was perplexing, since it risked staining Canada’s reputation over what was a purely “aspirational,” non-binding document.
But Jim Prentice, then Aboriginal Affairs minister, was adamant: “To say it is only aspirational overlooks the fact that it contains a number of inconsistencies with Canadian law and policy,” he said.
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